Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Technology

Do you enjoy working with mechanics and technology? Do you want to design, develop and realise new products and production systems? And would you like to participate in the strengthening of a company’s competitiveness? Then the Master’s programme in Manufacturing Technology may be the right education for you.


From intake 2019: Manufacturing Technology is now a specialisation under the study programme Mechanical Engineering. Get more information:



develop and optimise products and production equipment 

Studying Manufacturing Technology, you learn how to develop and optimise products and production equipment and you gain tools and methods to deal with complex challenges within this field of study. Furthermore, you have the opportunity to explore topics such as:

  • Virtual product and process development
  • Material and process technology
  • Robotics and automation technology
  • Process modelling
  • Simulation
  • Production modelling and monitoring
  • Production planning and control
  • Intelligent manufacturing
  • Engineering optimisation
  • Product development and modelling

In recent years, there has been an increase in the focus on robotics, automation and digitalisation in the business community, which in turn increases the demand for new products, methods of production and services. This trend is called Industry 4.0 and AAU is particularly focused on preparing you for this development within the manufacturing industry. You and your fellow students learn how to handle the different issues that occur as a result of this new trend by e.g. working in AAU’s brand new smart lab, which is an imitation of a production line. The smart lab lets you experiment with programming, automation and digitalisation in relation to manufacturing technology. Read more about the smart lab.

One of the areas that you will be introduced to when studying Manufacturing Technology is robotics and you will have the opportunity to work with the robot called "Little Helper." "Little Helper" is an autonomous robot capable of navigating without human interaction. It can for example change its working tools autonomously and thereby adapt to a specific work situation on its own.

This is a full-time study programme, which is characterised by problem based project work in groups. You will be working closely with other students most of the time, and you are required to be present at the university on a daily basis and spend a vast majority of your day there.

The Master programme entitles you to the designation Master of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Manufacturing Technology).

Graduates from the Manufacturing Technology programme have many possible career paths. You can work with development or research in the area of production engineering, or you can be a technical manager in development projects. You can work in for instance the car industry, agriculture or the pharmaceutical industry.


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as a student at aau you encounter …

PROBLEM based learning (PBL)

Aalborg University is famous for its problem based learning where you work in a team on a large written assignment often collaborating with an industrial partner. This study method is also called “The Aalborg Model for Problem Based Learning”. The method is highly recognised internationally, and the university is host to a successful UNESCO chair in Problem Based Learning in Engineering Education and a Centre for PBL and Sustainability approved by UNESCO.

The problem based project work at Aalborg University gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new knowledge and competences at a high academic level in an independent manner. You get to apply theory to practice when you work to solve real-life problems, and you will be well prepared for your future career. Learn more about PBL.


When doing project work, you work closely in groups with other students. This gives you the opportunity to cooperate, share knowledge and to explore larger and more complex academic problems than what you would have been able to do on your own. Furthermore, the groups serve a social purpose and make it easier for you to get to know your fellow students and feel more at home at the university. Learn more about teamwork at AAU.


Aalborg University works closely with the business community. This means that as a student you will work with real issues from companies and organisations. Thus, while you are studying, you already have the opportunity to enhance your academic competences with a business-oriented and practical angle.


At Aalborg University teaching is research based. This means that your lecturers are doing research within the same academic field as he or she is teaching. You thus have access to the latest knowledge and dedicated teachers who are passionate about what they teach. The teaching material not only includes books but may also consist of, for example, current academic articles from journals.


The laboratories at Aalborg University are of the highest standard, and they play an important role in teaching. You will work under the best laboratory conditions with access to the latest technology, which is vital for your benefiting from the teaching.

studying in aalborg

As a university city Aalborg has many advantages. The city is Denmark's fourth largest, and a good 20 percent of the municipality's inhabitants are students. The city has much to offer when it comes to culture, sports and leisure, but at the same time, has a manageable size and safe environment. Compared to other major university cities, it is easy to find good student accommodations in Aalborg. Learn more about student life in Aalborg.


Aalborg University is rated for excellence in the QS-ranking system. Aalborg University has received five stars certifying the world-class position of the university based on cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.
Within Engineering and Technology, Aalborg University ranked as number 76 in 2015/2016.

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Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

Study Method at AAU - Problem Based Learning

The study method at AAU is called Problem Based Learning (PBL). Together with your fellow students you will work with real life problems by way of problem based project work.

learn more about Pbl at aau